Harvest Apple Salad


I've always liked Waldorf salad, and then I came across this recipe.  Fresh chopped apples, dried cherries, cubes of cheddar cheese, and a sprinkling of nuts, all folded in a tangy sour cream sauce.  



This recipe is adapted from a Chicago Tribune recipe of long ago.  The tartness of Granny Smith apples mingling with the sweet crisp taste of Honeycrisp apples is a flavorful combination or, use your favorite apple.  Substitute dried cranberries or raisins for cherries, if you like. And add coarsely chopped pecans or walnut in place of the nut topping.  The possibilities go on and on...










Amazingly enough, Granny Smith apples were created by a lady named Granny Smith. Bakers love this firm juicy apple for pie fillings and other preparations because they can withstand high heat without turning to mush.  

After baking, their acidity level lowers and caramelization turns them sweet.  Granny Smith apple flesh is bright white and crisp in texture with a tart, acidic, yet subtly sweet flavor. 

Granny Smith

From sweet or savory pies, tarts or meat pastries; to bread stuffing, potato pancakes, or risotto.  As they are slow to brown when cut, they are perfect diced and added to salsas and salads such as this one.  For me, a Granny Smith apple makes a great tart snack apple!

However; just as well as Granny Smith, I really like a Honeycrisp apple for snacking too.  Honeycrisp apples were developing in the 1960’s at the University of Minnesota where they were bred with the hope of creating an apple that could tolerate Minnesota’s cold weather.  Today, the apple thrives in both warm and cool apple growing regions throughout the United States ~ from New England, to Michigan, Wisconsin, and Minnesota to California and Washington state. 

Honeycrisp apples maintain their sweet flavor even when cooked; try them baked into a crisp or pie.  Peel the skin, slice and cook to make applesauce, preserves and apple butter.  Their crisp texture shines in raw salads such as coleslaw.  For a tasty hamburger, peel and grate the apple, add the shredded apple to ground beef.  It ensures a moist hamburger with apple flavor in every bite.    

Honeycrisp

Honeycrisp apples have a yellow background covered with a red to pink blush.  Their creamy white flesh is wonderfully crisp and aromatic, with that delicious sweet-tart flavor.  

They’re both delicious in this tasty apple salad!  The surprising thing for me, is that Bill tried it, and liked it!  He’s generally not a fan of this type of salad.


This is a delightful combination of fall flavors and textures ~ crisp, sweet, tart, crunchy and sharp!  I’m hoping you will give it a try!


HARVEST APPLE SALAD
Printable recipe

Ingredients:
1/2 cup light sour cream
1/2 cup light mayonnaise
1/4 cup granulated sugar or Splenda
1 tablespoon lemon juice
Dash salt
1 Granny Smith apple, chopped
1 Honeycrisp apple, chopped
1/2 cup dried cherries
1/4 to 1/2 cup sharp cheddar cheese, small cubes
1/4 cup chopped walnuts or 2 tablespoons Nut Topping*

Method:
Combine first 5 ingredients, (through salt) in a medium-sized bowl.
Whisk until sugar is dissolved.

Add remaining ingredients, and toss.
Place in refrigerator in a sealed container for 3 to 4 hours before serving.

*I use Fisher's, located in ice cream aisle



Enjoy!




34 comments:

  1. Yes, I totally forgot about Waldorf salad...it is so good, sweet and savory and creamy, I love the idea of using honeycrisp apples, they are our favorite ones. Your salad is loaded with delicious ingredients...this would be perfect for the holidays!
    Have a great week ahead Pam!

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    1. Thanks, Juliana! I too forget about Waldorf salad but love it, and this is great too. Honeycrisp apples are great, sweet/tart and crisp. Hope you try this! Take care

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  2. Hi Pam, Sounds like a nice variation on a Waldorf salad. I think that I like your fruit salad better though... Cold here tonight...upper 20s...but we have not seen any snow yet and I do not see any in the forecast. We had to flee our family in Omaha on the Saturday after Thanksgiving to avoid the snow storm. We do not drive in snow any longer...only in emergencies. Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

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    1. Thanks, Dave, it's really tasty. It's cold here too, 10 degrees right now, and about a foot of snow on the ground. It's definitely not melting yet and there's more on the way with wind too. And it's not even winter yet!!! Too bad you had to leave Omaha early but I don't blame you. We've driven too many times back to Ohio for holidays and then dealt with winter weather, thankfully those days are over. Take care

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  3. This sounds so good. I bookmarked it for my next keto break!

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  4. We eat lots of seasonal salads! This one looks marvelous with the combo of flavours. An awesome recipe for the season, Pam.

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    1. Thanks, Angie! I like seasonal salads too. Take care

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  5. This salad looks terrific - I love the name of it, too.

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  6. Thia looks good and I am still trying to use up the apples from our Granny Smith trees, it was a good year for apples! I hope all is well with you Diane

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    1. Thanks, Diane! That's great you have Granny Smith trees! I can imagine all the things you can make with those apples, plus great snacking! Take care

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  7. This is really lovely, and I think it would be appealing to every age. I don't understand the sugar content in this salad, though, but I don't love anything sweet - unless it's supposed to be! Fruit seems sweet enough!

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    1. Hi Mimi! Yes, I think it would be OK without sugar, didn't really think about that for some reason, so will try that next time. Thanks!

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  8. Love salads like this! Years ago I had a Waldorf salad at a restaurant, and they topped it with cut up pieces of cold fried chicken -- a really good combo of flavors. Anyway, this looks excellent -- thanks.

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    1. Hi John! I like this type of salad also. That Waldorf with chicken sounds good too. Thanks and take care.

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  9. Apple salad is really a great thing right now (since lettuce is questionable! and tomatoes in their not-so-great season!). I make all sorts of salad starting with apples -- sometimes just lemon juice as a dressing to keep the fat content lower. Waldorf salad is close to yours but I think it usually has celery.

    best... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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    1. Hi Mae! I like salads like this in the winter and I don't care a whole lot for tomatoes in a salad unless it's summer and from the farmers' markets. Lemon juice works for me too. And celery would've been good in this one. So many options for salads like this. Take cae

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  10. Apples and cheddar cheese go so well together so I know I would enjoy this salad.

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  11. Nice one Pam. This recipe reminds me of my childhood and the holidays. My Granny (Smith) made a similar dish, but she grated the cheese. I haven't had this for years. This one will be on our menu come Christmas.

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    1. Thanks, Ron! Didn't think of that and will try grating the cheese next time. Hope you enjoy it for Christmas!

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  12. My Mom always made Waldorf Salad and I believe she used Miracle Whip. Thanks for this recipe :) I have all the ingredients on hand and will be making this today! It'll be a great way to use up the rest of the sour cream I have in the fridge.

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    1. Sounds good with Miracle Whip too, Marge! That's one of my favorite things. 😊 Hope you like this as much as I do! take care

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  13. My mom loved this kind of salad.

    Great memory.

    M : )

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    1. Thanks, Melinda! Glad it brought back good memories for you!

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  14. I love salad. Thank you for sharing your recipe.
    Have a great weekend

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  15. Thanks! I love salad too! And I hope you're having a good weekend too! Very chilly and rainy and windy here today.

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  16. This recipe looks amazing. I would never have thought to add cheese. Such great combinations of flavor....
    Take care Pam and y'all stay warm..

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  17. Thanks, Shug! I thought the same about the cheese, but it's really good in this salad!

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